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I posted this in some miniature-collecting communities I'm in, but I'd be interested to hear your opinions, too:

Hi guys,

Looking for honest advice from people who appreciate the cuteness of miniatures!

Five years ago, I lived in England for a year. (I'm fom the US.) I was looking around a toy shop and saw Sylvanian Families for the first time. I don't remember ever having them in the US, and totally lost my mind over how CUUUUUTE they are! I bought a single baby bunny figure as a souvenir, but nothing else.

I moved to Japan about four years ago. Upon moving here, I started collecting miniatures in earnest for the first time. I finally had the disposable income to do so, and LOVE getting the "mystery boxes" of miniatures that are popular here. I figure they're cute, usually Japanese-ish, will make great souvenirs for myself when I return home, and will be easy to bring with me, since they're so small. I display them in shadowboxes hung in my apartment.

Sylvanian families are really popular here. Not only that, but they have special Japanese sets I'm pretty sure you wouldn't find in other countries... Japanese-style lunch sets, etc. Every time I go to a toy shop, I squee over how stinkin' CUUUUUTE they are! Particularly the little accessories. (My local supermarket is in a big department store with a toy section, and I always make a special trip to the toys to squee over them!)

But... I'm 30 years old. I don't have any kids. I'm running out of places to display stuff. (My apartment is TINY!) But dammit... the Sylvanian stuff is just so CUUUUUUUTE! My boyfriend often offers to buy the sets for me, and I always tell him no, I'm too old for it, what am I gonna do with it, blah blah blah.

Do you think it would be silly of me to start collecting Sylvanian family stuff? I'm mostly interested in the accessories, not so much the actual dolls. (Though the dolls are very cute.) Is it creepy or weird for a grown woman to have such a collection? I find my mystery-box minis to be more of a kitschy, grown-up type thing. The Sylvanian stuff isn't so kitschy, just really stinkin' cute. I know it is silly, but I waaaaaant it! Ha ha.

Halp! Your opinion is appreciated! :)


ETA: Seriously, just look at how effing CUTE they are!


Date: 2011-09-09 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meshell-mybell.livejournal.com
You are never too old. I only started collecting Doctor Who/Torchwood toys recently but I've been collecting Harry Potter action figures for a long time. I keep them in my china cabinet. I'm 37 and I doubt I'll be stopping any time soon.

The question is, do they make you happy? If they do then collect away. You can always switch them out if the collection gets too big and that way you won't be bored with seeing the same old ones. When/if you get a bigger place to live you'll have things to fill the space.

Age is a number so don't let it rule who you are and what you enjoy.

:)

Date: 2011-09-09 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bblue23.livejournal.com
I too think you should go for it if it makes you happy. Lots of adults collect stuff, so your age shouldn't stop you.

Part of the consideration would be what type of social environment you are in and whether the people around you would judge you harshly for having a lot of cute stuff. But it sounds like your boyfriend is really supportive of it and even wants to buy some for you! Perhaps if you start openly collecting Sylvanian stuff, your friends and family would actually be glad because they would know what to buy you for Christmas, birthdays etc.

I hear you on the space issue. I too have always lived in small apartments or single rooms as an adult, so I try to keep myself from accumulating things that might become "clutter". Keeping miniatures in boxes on the wall seems like a good way to store them without the room becoming messy, and you can look for other options like small shelves for more space. Basically I think it's not creepy or weird to collect Syvanian family stuff unless you become so obsessed with it you have to rent storage space for it or something. If you can keep it within your living space (while periodically getting rid of the older stuff you don't need anymore), no one can really fault you for that.

If you're like me, perhaps you enjoy buying stuff but a month or so after you buy it you find you don't really care about having it around. Be realistic about what you have space for, and if you buy something you don't have space to keep, perhaps there's a child (or adult) in your extended family that would love it.

Date: 2011-09-10 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akemi-rei.livejournal.com
If you wanna get them, get them! It's not really that weird. Both me and my bf have tons of "kid stuff".

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